ALPINE

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[Thomas George Bonney, geologist, Alpine mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T G Bonney'), urging a lady to abandon 'matters far too difficult and complicated' for her, to be 'useful to others in a less ambitious but more practical sphere'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [Thomas George Bonney] (1833-1923), geologist and Alpine mountaineer, President of the Geological Society of London and the Alpine Club
Publication details: 
8 October 1904. On letterhead of 23 Denning Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London]
£120.00

See Bonney's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not named. It is unfortunate that the subject of the letter is not stated. Against the charge of misogyny, it should be noted that Bonney 'had the reputation of being a hard teacher, but also a generous man', and that he could equally well have written in the same way to a man he considered equally ill-equipped for a theological task.

[Henriette d'Angeville, mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed, in French, thanking Lady Cullum of Hardwick for her support on her climb of Mont Blanc, with 'Bouquet' of dried flowers picked in the Alps. AND important Memorandum detailing the Climb.

Author: 
Henriette d'Angeville (1794-1871), mountaineer, the second woman to climb Mont Blanc [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
[Letter] 'Genève ce 18 7bre 1838.' Memorandum] 'Chamonix 5 7bre 1838'.
£1,800.00

A. Autograph Letter. The present letter – a very nice artefact of female mountaineering – was written immediately after d'Angeville's first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1838 (she was the second person to climb the mountain, after Maria Paradis thirty years before), and sending a selection of flowers picked on the way to Lady Cullum, who had been present to give her encouragement. D'Angeville would climb Mont Blanc again, in addition to a further twenty-one other peaks in the following twenty-five years. Her last Alpine ascent was on Oldenhorn, at age 65. The letter is 2pp, 4to.

[William Brockedon, painter, writer, inventor, Alpine authority.] Lengthy commencement of Autograph Letter, regarding 'authors who have written about the Passage of Hannibal [over the Alps]', including Brockedon himself.

Author: 
William Brockedon (1787-1854), painter, writer, inventor, Alpine authority
Publication details: 
29 Devonshire Street, Queen Square [Bloomsbury, London]. 2 December 1835.
£80.00

2pp, 4to. Single leaf, carrying the commencement of the letter only. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient, presumably a Frenchman, has written in ink in a close hand at the head of the letter: 'R. 20 fev. 1836 | par M. D. Jones, Ecrit le 29 juin 1837 | je l'invite a faire prendre mes deux ouvrages'. Over each of the thirty-one lines of text is an equivalent line of French translation in pencil. For the background see the quotation from Brockedon's Oxford DNB entry at the end of this description.

[ Swiss Flora; Alpines ] Swiss botany in the Enllghtenment period: an anonymous manuscript Flora of Switzerland in Latin, with observational notes in French and German.

Author: 
Flora of Switzerland [ Albrecht von Halle (1708-1777), Abraham Gagnebin (1707-1800) and Johann Rudolf Suter (1766-1827), Swiss naturalists and botanists ]
Swiss Flora 1
Publication details: 
[ Switzerland. Circa 1790? ]
£2,000.00
Swiss Flora 1

The present item is a product of the marked growth of interest in botany in general and the flora of Switzerland in particular exhibited during the Enlightenment, and exemplified by Jean-Jacques Rousseau's celebrated 'Lettres élémentaires sur la botanique'. Alexandra Cook's 'Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Botany' (2012) is a useful discussion of the subject (see in particular Chapter 3: 'Helvetia mediatrix: the atmosphere of eighteenth-century Swiss science'). It provides in addition a mass of invaluable observational evidence. 396pp, 8vo.

[ Mountaineering ] Victorian album, containing 82 photographs, including several large-scale images of mountaineering in Switzerland, and of the 1900 Oberammergau Passion Play.

Author: 
[Victorian mountaineering in Switzerland; Oberammergau; Tonneson Sisters of Chicago]
Publication details: 
[American?] Circa 1900.
£180.00

Album, in maroon cloth and fake leather half-binding, containing 24 leaves of thick paper (dimensions 36 x 26.5 cm). Small stamp on front paste-down: 'D.A.I. LONDON | No. 20[2]' (last digit added in manuscript). The binding is heavily-worn, with spine lacking, and the pages are somewhat discoloured with age, but the 82 photographs are in good condition, with four creased before insertion into the album, and one with slight discoloration. One photograph has been removed. Can be dated from picture of the 'Kreuzigung.

[ James Lothian, Scottish gardener. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Daniel Mctaggart of Kilkerran, sending a book on the 'Potatoe question'.

Author: 
James Lothian (1817-1871), Scottish gardener, author of the first English book on the cultivation of Alpine plants [ Daniel McTaggart [ Mactaggart ] of Kilkerran, Argyll, Scotland
Publication details: 
No place. 19 June 1854.
£56.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Daniel McTaggart Esq: of Kilkeran [sic]'. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. He is sending him 'Keith' (i.e. a book by George Skene Keith), which contains 'some facts bearing on the Potatoe question'. He has other works on the same matter, but they are 'out', with the exception of 'Vol: 2 of the Gardener which I send down'. In his opinion 'Works on Forrest [sic] trees and Landscape Gardening throw no light on either disease or Longivity [sic] of Plants.

[Henry Clifton Sorby, geologist and microscopist.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Forbes' [the geologist and Alpine explorer James David Forbes?], announcing that he has made discoveries 'at the very foundations of physical and chemical geology'

Author: 
Henry Clifton Sorby (1826-1908), geologist and microscopist, President of the Royal Microscopical Society [James David Forbes (1809-1868), geologist ; David Forbes (1828-1876), geological chemist]
Publication details: 
Broomfield, Sheffield. 26 November 1856.
£220.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Forbes' , and while there is a possibility that it is addressed to David Forbes, the reference to the recipient being 'still in existence' suggests James David Forbes, who had been in bad health since his return from Norway in 1851. It begins: 'Only a few days before receiving your note we had been talking of you and wondering if you really were still in existence, for we had heard nothing of you in any way for so long.

Photograph captioned on reverse by the journalist George Bilainkin: 'First picture ever taken of session of 15 Member-Parliament in Liechtenstein capital, Vaduz (pop. of 3000) Herr Buhler speaking'.

Author: 
George W. Bilainkin (1903-1981), British journalist and author, specialising in European affairs [The Landtag of Liechtenstein]
Publication details: 
Undated. 'Please return G Bilainkin, Berne.' [1940s?]
£100.00

A small photograph, in good condition. The image is in black and white, landscape, 5.25 x 8.25 cm., printed on photographic paper 6.5 x 9.5 with crinkled edge. In a grand palatial room, over the heads of six men sitting at desks, it shows a bespectacled speaker at a rostrum to the right, with two individuals at desks in the background facing towards the viewer. The typed note on the reverse ends: '[...] Herr Buhler speaking, from microphone equipped boz on r.

Autograph Letter Signed ('James Bryce') from James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, former President of the Alpine Club, to E. W. Hallifax, endorsing 'a protest [...] raised against the ruin wrought in Switzerland by the construction of tourist railways'.

Author: 
James Bryce (1838-1922), 1st Viscount Bryce, British Liberal politician and author, President of the Alpine Club, London, 1899-1901 [E. W. Hallifax, master, Mill Hill School]
Autograph Letter Signed ('James Bryce') from James Bryce
Publication details: 
20 November 1905; on letterhead of Hindleap, Forest Row, Sussex.
£135.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('James Bryce') from James Bryce

12mo, 4 pp. 41 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight discoloration to edges. 'It was high time that in England, whence so many mountain climbers and tourists go to the Alps, a protest should be raised against the ruin wrought in Switzerland by the construction of tourist railways up the slopes of the mountains'. Deplores the 'irretrievable harm' already done to 'some of the noblest landscapes in the world, [...] easily accessible from the populous cities of Central and Western Europe, such as those on the shores of the Lake of Lucerne'.

Autograph Manuscript laying out requisites for voyage (to Iceland?). Manuscript, in another hand, for Alpine voyage. Long itemised receipt in German by A. Petersen.

Author: 
Rev. Charles William Shepherd of Trotterscliffe, of Trinity College, Cambridge ornithologist and traveller; A. Petersen [Iceland; Switzerland; Alpine]
Publication details: 
[1860s?]
£400.00

Item One: 12mo, 4 pp. On aged and foxed paper with slight wear causing loss to a couple of words of text. On two folded 4to leaves, with two pages written by Shepherd in German on the reverse. The list is undated, and the intended location is not named, but the voyage is a major one. Divided into sections including 'Saddles &c', 'Guns & Rods', 'Books' (beginning with 'Shakespeare - Ingoldby - Golden Treasure'), 'Food &c. Fortnum & Mason' (including two gallons of brandy and two quarts of whiskey).

Itemised financial accounts, in Shepherd's hand and initialled by him ('C. Wm. S.'), for the expedition described by him in his book 'The North-West Peninsula of Iceland'.

Author: 
Rev. Charles William Shepherd, of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Alpine Club [G. G. Fowler; H. M. Upcher; Iceland]
Publication details: 
Dated from 14 June to 7 July [1862].
£650.00

4to, 5 pp, on five loose and uniform leaves. Very good, on lightly aged paper. The first leaf is headed 'C. W. S. Acc' and is initialled at the foot 'Rt C. Wm. S.' The second is headed 'Sheet (2)', with the rest numbered 3 to 5. It is clear from sheets 2 to 5 that one leaf - what should have been 'Sheet (1)' - is lacking.

The Alpine Journal: A Record of Mountain Adventure and Scientific Observation. By Members of the Alpine Club. Vol.1, No.1.

Author: 
H.B. George, editor
Publication details: 
London, Longmans, 2 March 1863
£150.00

48pp., 8vo, original grey wraps, slightly dulled and grubby, mainly good condition. Contents include: Introductory Address; Edward Shirley Kennedy, The Ascent of Monte della Disgrazia (Leslie Stephen in party); William Longman, A Narrative of an Accident on the Aletsch Glacier in August 1862; wit Remarks on the necessity of making use of a Rope on Glacier Expeditions; F.F. Tuckett, A Night on the Summit of Monte Viso; Thos. S. Kennedy, Ascent of the Dent Blanche; Rev. Leslie Stephen, The Weisshorn; Notes and Queries.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Cor<dier>'), 'A Monsieur <Jukeur?> opticien - rue de Conde Paris'.

Author: 
Joseph Cordier (1775-1849), French engineer, in charge of work on the Simplon Pass in 1800
Publication details: 
Without date or place [Paris].
£45.00

12mo bifolium: 1 p. 11 lines of text. Address and docketing on second leaf. Good, but with 1 cm hole in first leaf of bifolium, possibly caused by breaking open of blue wafer, which still adheres. Hole causing loss to two words, including latter part of signature. Asks the recipient 'de remettre a Mr. Pousin conducteur des ponts et chaussees, un double demi metre en Cuivre et un metre en cuivre avec quatre petites roulettes pointilles'. He will pay for the order in a few days time.

Markham Sherwill's collection of autographs. Reprinted from 'The Alpine Journal,' November 1938.

Author: 
Claire-Eliane Engel [Captain Markham Sherwill; William Upcott; Edward Bootle Wilbraham]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd., New-Street Sq., E.C.4. 1939.
£75.00

Octavo: 9 pp. Stitched. In original grey printed wraps. Good. Inscribed by the author to the embryologist Sir Gavin de Beer ('For Mr. G. S. de Beer [sic] With my best wishes C. E. Engel'), author of 'Early Travellers in the Alps' (1930). The article describes the correspondence amassed by Sherwill (a friend of William Upcott) relating to his ascent of Mont Blanc in 1825, quoting from letters of Catharine Hutton, Charles Fellows, Edward Bootle Wilbraham, Martin Barry and Comte Henri de Tilly. 'In 1840 he presented it to the Bibliotheque Royale de France.

Autograph Card Signed ('Marshall P. Wilder') to the English publisher [William Swan] Sonnenschein (1855-1934).

Author: 
Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1859-1914), American humourist
Publication details: 
19 August 1889; on Marshall's letterhead from 'The Alpine', 55 West 33rd. Street, New York.
£28.00

8.5 x 11 cms. Grubby and lightly spotted. Reads 'My dear Mr Sonnenschein | Kindly send draft as I can collect here - | Merrily Yours | Marshall P. Wilder'. Presumably refers to the English printing of his 'The people I've smiled with: recollections of a merry little life' (1889).

"Notes of a Walking Tour with my Twin Brother Ernest 27 July 1891"

Author: 
[ MOUNTAINEERING ] Cecil C. Baker, twin brother of Ernest Baker, presumably Ernest A. Baker, author of books on the Highlands, climbing, etc.
Publication details: 
[1891]
£450.00

Notebook, soft-covered, c.90pp., 12mo,covers almost detached, contents good. Contents as follows: Table columnised, 5pp., giving details of Dates, Proposed Itinerary, Result; List of things taken "Self" and "Ernest" from clothes to toothbrush to Baedeker to bovril malt (with comments on whether worn, lost, etc.).

Autograph Letter Signed to [J.W.H. Thorp], Macclesfield silk manufacturer and mountaineer.

Author: 
W.A.B. Coolidge.
Publication details: 
Magdalen College, Oxford, 17 Oct. [1887].
£300.00

William Augustus Brevoort Coolidge (1850-1926), mountaineer, writer on mountaineering and climbing history, sometime editor of the "Alpine Journal". Two-pages, 8vo, some marking but text clear. "Many thanks for your lists. I fear you have been anticipated in your ascent of the Stecknedelhorn from the Nadelhorn by Herr Eckenstein. I have his notes (now in type) before me & it appears . . . " He goes into detail, including Eckerstein's times for the various stages. He cannot therefore publish Thorp's note.

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